Few people realize that an ordinary watermelon has the potential to become a fierce dragon -- or at least a sculpture of one. In addition to being juicy and delicious, a watermelon has a thick rind and soft but firm flesh that make it ideal for carving. Successful carving requires firm pressure to cut through the rind and a delicate touch to get the shape you want from the flesh. As a bonus, you'll get some sweet watermelon to enjoy when you're done.
Things You'll Need
- Waterproof marker
- Gardening gloves
- Sharp knife
Leave the watermelon out of the refrigerator until it reaches room temperature. Once it's warm, the flesh and rind will be easier to work with.
Mark out the pattern you'll be carving on the surface of the watermelon using a waterproof marker. Hold the watermelon horizontally and use a zigzag pattern to draw a toothy mouth at one end. A short distance above it, mark triangular slits for two nostrils.
Put on a pair of gardening gloves with grip palms. The watermelon is very smooth, and there's likely to be a lot of moisture, so it's important that you keep a firm grip on it.
Cut a small slice off the bottom of the watermelon using a sharp knife. This will cut off the bottom curve, making it easier to rest your watermelon on a table or counter.
Cut out the outlines of the mouth and nostrils using your knife. Hollow out the interior of the mouth, cutting out and removing as much of the melon flesh as you need to give the impression of the dragon's gaping maw. Put the rind aside; you'll use it later.
Scrape off only the outer layer of the rind in the area of the teeth. Cutting away the outer layer will leave the white inner rind exposed, giving your dragon's mouth a row of bright white teeth.
Cut some of the excess rind from the mouth or the bottom of the melon into two eye shapes. Attach them to the top of the melon with toothpicks to create the impression of eyes on top of the dragon's head. For an added touch, use leftover melon flesh to give the eyes red, angry eyeballs.
Tips & Warnings
- Mop up excess moisture as you go using a towel. Too much water on the fruit can make the melon slippery.
- Be careful when working with a knife. Make all cuts away from your body. Never let children use knives without adult supervision.
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